Monday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

“HE DIED … WHIMPERING AND CRYING”: Trump confirms death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in U.S. raid (Agence France-Presse)

OUT OF OPTIONS: Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid allegations of sexual relationships with staffers (The Hill)

Government & Politics

END OF AN ERA: Longest-serving black congressman John Conyers dies at 90 (Washington Examiner)

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM: scumbag/liar-nObama judge orders DOJ to turn over Mueller grand-jury material for Democrats’ impeachment probe (The Washington Times

)NEWS FROM THE SWAMP: Trump showered with boos, chants of “lock him up” at World Series game in Washington, DC (NBC News)

MORE NEWS FROM THE SWAMP: Federal deficit increases 26% to $984 billion for fiscal 2019 — the highest in seven years (CNBC)THINNING OF THE HERD: DNC raises thresholds for candidates to qualify for December debate (The Federalist)

Culture & Heartland

“ENORMOUSLY DISAPPOINTED”: Chicago teachers’ strike enters another week after talks fail (Reuters)

TOPSY-TURVY: Biologically male NCAA runner named conference “female” athlete of the week (The Daily Caller)INFERNO: California declares state of emergency as wildfires spread (National Review)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Missile defense needs Trump’s attention (Hudson Institute)

POLICY: Why commie-Bernie Sanders’ universal jobs guarantee is not a worthy goal (Foundation for Economic Education)

HUMOR: Motorcyclist who identifies as a bicyclist sets cycling world record (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post    

Press Briefing With Senator Lindsey Graham Reaction to Baghdadi Death

by sundance{ ~ U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham gives a press briefing at the White House after a briefing on the operation to eliminate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  


White House Releases Photo Of Trump Watching Baghdadi Raid From Situation Room

by CHUCK ROSS{ } ~ The White House on Sunday released a photo of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence watching from the Situation Room… as U.S. troops carried out a raid of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria, that ended with the Islamic State leader killing himself with an explosive vest. Trump and Pence were joined by National Security Advisor  Robert O’Brien, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and Brig. Gen. Marcus Evans, the deputy director for special operations, as they viewed the nighttime raid Saturday. U.S. Special Operations forces led the raid of al-Baghdadi’s compound in Barisha, in northern Syria. Trump said that al-Baghdadi died after U.S. troops forced him into a dead-end tunnel at the compound, “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.” “He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place.” He died after detonating an explosive vest, killing three children along with him, Trump said. Trump said Baghdadi’s body was mutilated by the blast, but U.S. forces were able to positively identify him through a DNA test. Baghdadi had not been seen in public since April 29. ISIS released audio of him giving orders to his followers in September. Trump said Sunday that capturing or killing Baghdadi had been “the top national security priority” of his administration.    

‘Surprised’ and ‘disappointed’: DHS leader Kevin McAleenan rejects Democrats’ House subpoena

by ~ Kevin McAleenan, the outgoing leader of the Department of Homeland Security, is rejecting a subpoena by House Democrats to testify… before a congressional committee a day before he vacates his position. Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan’s last official day in office is Oct. 31. However, that did not stop Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, from ordering him to be a witness before his committee Oct. 30 to discuss terrorist threats facing the U.S. In a sharp response, the outgoing secretary said he would not be attending, and instead focus on an “effective transition” for the next DHS leader. “I was disappointed, and extremely surprised, to receive a subpoena from you for testimony at the Committee’s worldwide threats,” McAleenan wrote in a letter to Thompson on Friday, which the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained. “The resort to compulsory process, precipitously and without notice, was particularly disappointing given the productive working relationship we have enjoyed during my tenure as Acting Secretary.” “We respect your oversight needs regarding worldwide threats, but it is also important that you respect the Department’s need that I devote my final week as Acting Secretary to ensuring an effective transition in the leadership of the Department,” the DHS chief continued.  McAleenan also suggested Thompson’s subpoena might have violated committee rules. Neither McAleenan’s staff nor committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers received a prior notice about the subpoena, according to the DHS chief’s letter. “This irregular process … underscores the inappropriateness of demanding that I appear before the Committee on my penultimate day of public service as I seek to orderly transition the Department to my successor,” he wrote…  

John Ratcliffe: Change In Status Of Durham Investigation Is ‘Not A Coincidence’

by CHUCK ROSS{ } ~ Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe said Sunday that it “is not a coincidence” the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation morphed into a criminal matter… just as the Justice Department’s inspector general is set to release a report of FBI surveillance abuse against the Trump campaign. Ratcliffe was responding to reports that John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, is conducting a criminal investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.“I don’t believe in coincidences, and the end of the inspector general’s investigation and his impending report coming at the same time as the start of John Durham announcing that this is now a criminal probe is not a coincidence,” Ratcliffe, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” Attorney General William Barr tasked Durham in May with conducting an administrative review of the matter. The pair traveled to Italy together in September to meet with Italian intelligence officials as part of the investigation. The shift in Durham’s investigation was reported Thursday, the same day Michael Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, informed Congress that he is putting the finishing touches on a report of possible FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the investigation of the Trump campaign. Horowitz said the report is “lengthy” and will be released with few redactions. Republicans believe a lengthy report signals that the investigation has turned up wrongdoing. Ratcliffe noted that Durham, unlike Horowitz, has the ability to issue indictments, subpoenas, and present evidence to a grand jury as part of his investigation…  


‘Catastrophically bad idea’John Kelly criticizes Trump’s Syria pullout

by David M. Drucker{ } ~ John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff, is calling President Trump’s decision to remove American troops from northern Syria a “catastrophically bad idea” that is harming U.S. national security… and boosting Russia’s influence in the Middle East. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, counseled Trump against pulling the military out of Syria, emphasizing to the president that the alliance with Kurdish fighters was instrumental in defeating the Islamic State with minimal American casualties. Kelly, Trump’s second chief of staff until resigning late last year, understands that the president was honoring his campaign promise to end “endless wars.” But he said Trump’s policy could backfire, with devastating repercussions for the homeland. “I want to get out of the endless wars, too. The problem is, the other side, even if we wanted to surrender, will not take our surrender. They hate us because of who we are, the way we live our lives, the way we worship our God,” Kelly said Saturday during a panel discussion at the Sea Island Summit, a political conference hosted by the Washington Examiner. “What was working in Syria was that for very little investment, the Kurds were doing all the fighting, the vast majority of them dying, and we were providing intelligence and fire support assistance. And we were winning,” Kelly added. Earlier Saturday, Kelly recalled for attendees of the Sea Island Summit that he warned Trump before resigning as chief of staff that the president risked being impeached if he did not surround himself with firm advisers willing to keep him in check. Kelly, 69, was Trump’s homeland security secretary before becoming White House chief of staff. He is hardly alone in his criticism of the president’s decision to halt military operations in Syria. Trump first signaled plans to remove American troops from the region in December, prompting James Mattis, also a retired Marine general, to resign as defense secretary. The president finally pulled the trigger this month, sparking a backlash from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress…  

Gov scumbagt-Gavin Newsom Struggles To Stay In Control As California Goes Dark, Wildfires Spread, And Gas Prices Spike

by CHRIS WHITE{ } ~ Democratic California Gov. scumbag-Gavin Newsom is warning citizens that they could be in for a long weekend… as the state’s public utility announced Saturday plans to shut down huge sections of the electric grid. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s move could black out an estimated 940,000 homes and businesses in parts of more than 30 counties up and down California. PG&E is trying to prevent potential wildfires from spreading through the state while keeping tabs on downed power lines. scumbag-Newsom, who is under pressure as gas prices increase, told Californians things are going to be tough for the next few days. “The next 72 hours will be challenging,” the Democrat said at a news conference. “I could sugarcoat it, but I will not.” The rolling blackouts could surpass those of the 750,000 customers who dealt with similar shut-offs earlier in October. scumbag-Newsom started to circulate blame for many of the problems Californians are facing, including the blackouts and rising gas prices. “These are difficult calls,” he said at Saturday’s conference. “But a society as industrious and entrepreneurial and innovative as ours should not have to face a choice between public safety and public blackouts. We can do both together. And that is what path we are on.” scumbag-Newsom also lit into PG&E. “It’s more than just climate change. It’s about the failure of capitalism to address climate change,” he told reporters Friday as he spoke about the utility’s continued use of rolling blackouts…  .

No More Billionaires?

 Cal Thomas

He was the commie-Bernie Sanders of his day.Charlie Chaplin, the iconic actor and at the time a well-known political leftist (some said communist), delivered a speech in San Francisco in 1941 prior to America’s entry into World War II. As recounted in the biography of her parents, actress Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin, Victoria Riskin quotes from a letter her father, who heard the speech, sent to her mother: “(Chaplin) plunged into a speech extolling the Russians — their ideology (by saying that if communism produces men of such heroic stature, he’ll take communism, etc.). He resented the organized efforts for the last 20 years to present Russians as ogres both here and in England — and by God, if any man can’t get along on $25,000 a year, he is a cockeyed liar and a traitor to his country.”According to the website “Chaplin had a net worth equal to $400 million dollars at the time of his death in 1977 (after adjusting for inflation).” Never mind.At the latest Democratic presidential debate, millionaire commie-Bernie Sanders and hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer had an exchange that came from a question about Sanders saying billionaires should be taxed out of existence to help close the “wealth gap.”Sanders responded by ticking off his familiar litany of misery — half a million people living on the streets (he didn’t mention that many are in cities and states run by Democrats), the cost of education and student debt (he didn’t mention the many options for receiving an education that would substantially reduce student debt), 87 million uninsured, or underinsured (wasn’t scumbag/liar-nObamacare supposed to fix that?), adding, “you also have three people owning more wealth than the bottom half of American society.”commie-Sanders called that a “moral outrage,” though on his moral scale, abortion on demand is not a problem.For his part, Steyer sought some moral cover for his wealth, agreeing with commie-Sanders and adding that corporations have “bought this government for the last 40 years.” Don’t those four decades include the scumbag/liar-Clinton and scumbag/liar-nObama administrations? Steyer said he would undo every tax cut for rich people and wealthy corporations.We’ve heard it all before. The Left would take from the prosperous and do what? Past welfare and redistribution programs haven’t liberated the poor. If they had, there should be fewer poor people. Wasn’t that the stated goal? Why didn’t it happen? The reason is government is a bad charity.What astounds is that younger people who buy into the “wealth gap” nonsense (because that is what they have had drummed into them by teachers and Democrat politicians) have little understanding of economics. There is no fixed amount of money from which all must draw. If there were it would be unfair for some to take (earn?) more than others. Wealth is a bottomless well. No one is destined to live permanently in the lower class.The reason envy, greed and entitlement continue to surface in most election cycles is that it appeals to human emotions. Charging the rich with not paying their “fair share” in taxes is a distraction from the real issue: government spends too much.In the letter to his wife, Robert Riskin wrote, “The Charlie (Chaplin) you once knew has been buried with honors — and a new one has been born. Let’s hope the new one has everlasting life — for he will cling to it as long as that political philosophy remains popular…”commie-Sanders and Steyer seem to believe the Chaplin philosophy remains popular among some voters. Don’t include them, though, because they’re rich and you won’t see them sending a check to the Treasury.  ~The Patriot Post  


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